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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4725 on: January 09, 2022, 05:43:03 PM »

I'm sure you'll find this article about Willimantic, Connecticut's Frog Bridge to be, well, ribbiting...
The Frog Bridge was built in 2000 to honor the Great Windham Frog Fight of 1754, which was a rather interesting event in local history.

https://www.gribblenation.org/2022/01/frog-bridge-willimantic-connecticut.html

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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4726 on: January 09, 2022, 09:51:37 PM »

Since when is Disney World in Farmington?!?  Just saw this old article in my FB feed (read the headline in the article:

https://www.wfsb.com/news/vehicle-fire-closes-i-84-east-in-farmington/article_9307808c-6348-11ec-a43e-df555359a313.html

Another observation from the proposed Route 8 numbers: theyíve gone to rounding down again.  Once again, TOTAL inconsistency on rounding (Exit 51 is at MP 51.81).
Another oddity I see is how they renumber the two exits for Beacon Falls, both as Exit 21. That would be okay for the northbound exit, since Route 42 crosses under Route 8 right at MP 21. But the SB exit should be 22, since the offramp leaves Route 8 SB at around MP 22.4, and connect to East Main Street (which dead-ends just short of Route 8).
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4727 on: January 11, 2022, 12:47:51 PM »

Speaking of road wear, what is the deal with I-84 from East Hartford to the Massachusetts border? That road is falling apart with the lane lines being a long series of cracks. Probably one of the worst maintained stretch of highway Connecticut has maintenance wise.
Which parts exactly?

The stretch from Exit 67 to the MA border was recently treated with an epoxy resin and is in great shape.

Both directions from Exit 63 to 67 have been resurfaced at separate times, but both within the past 5-10 years

The concrete segment from Exit 59 to 63 is what really needs to be replaced. Me thinks they're going to rehab everything in one fell swoop; seal and pave over the concrete, replace all BGSs, and convert to LED lighting.
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4728 on: January 11, 2022, 01:19:36 PM »

Iím referring to the part that you just mentioned near Manchester around where I-291 and I-384 meet. There is certainly work to be done around there. I donít know if ConnDOT has any sign rehab projects for the area, but I was last there Thanksgiving weekend and just happened to notice how rough it is. I may have gone too far there, I would think that Waterbury, Fairfield County, or the Merritt would have worse conditions. As for I-84, I will be in the area this weekend and will confirm.

EDIT - My trip is actually being delayed.
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4729 on: January 11, 2022, 08:56:21 PM »

Speaking of road wear, what is the deal with I-84 from East Hartford to the Massachusetts border? That road is falling apart with the lane lines being a long series of cracks. Probably one of the worst maintained stretch of highway Connecticut has maintenance wise.
Which parts exactly?

The stretch from Exit 67 to the MA border was recently treated with an epoxy resin and is in great shape.

Both directions from Exit 63 to 67 have been resurfaced at separate times, but both within the past 5-10 years

The concrete segment from Exit 59 to 63 is what really needs to be replaced. Me thinks they're going to rehab everything in one fell swoop; seal and pave over the concrete, replace all BGSs, and convert to LED lighting.
Google Maps street views from December 2021 along I-84 east of Hartford show recent resurfacing from between exits 70 and 71 to the MA state line. The pavement is in decent shape from Exit 69 to 70. West of Exit 69 the pavement is in real rough shape to Exit 67, then it gets better to between Exits 65 and 66. They resurfaced not too long ago between Exits 65 and 63, at which point you hit the concrete section. Indeed, the concrete section is looking pretty rough. Not sure if they're going to patch and grind smooth the concrete section like they did about 10 years ago or just overlay it with asphalt, but either way it needs some TLC.
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4730 on: January 12, 2022, 01:52:36 PM »

Speaking of road wear, what is the deal with I-84 from East Hartford to the Massachusetts border? That road is falling apart with the lane lines being a long series of cracks. Probably one of the worst maintained stretch of highway Connecticut has maintenance wise.
Which parts exactly?

The stretch from Exit 67 to the MA border was recently treated with an epoxy resin and is in great shape.

Both directions from Exit 63 to 67 have been resurfaced at separate times, but both within the past 5-10 years

The concrete segment from Exit 59 to 63 is what really needs to be replaced. Me thinks they're going to rehab everything in one fell swoop; seal and pave over the concrete, replace all BGSs, and convert to LED lighting.
Google Maps street views from December 2021 along I-84 east of Hartford show recent resurfacing from between exits 70 and 71 to the MA state line. The pavement is in decent shape from Exit 69 to 70. West of Exit 69 the pavement is in real rough shape to Exit 67, then it gets better to between Exits 65 and 66. They resurfaced not too long ago between Exits 65 and 63, at which point you hit the concrete section. Indeed, the concrete section is looking pretty rough. Not sure if they're going to patch and grind smooth the concrete section like they did about 10 years ago or just overlay it with asphalt, but either way it needs some TLC.
They would probably mill the surface down and apply asphalt and the epoxy resin.
It's also not just the mainline. The C/D ramps will need it too.
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4731 on: January 13, 2022, 07:02:03 PM »

New sheet aluminum signs going up on I-91.  Currently, from (at least) Exit 22 to Exit 44 is done (except for median signs and in the Hartford/Exit 29 work zone).  The new signs include speed limits, exit gores, "Slower Traffic Keep Right", and new reassurance shields mounted on a single post (and they're neutered).  The enhanced mile markers were also replaced with a larger font and there are new overhead bridge IDs as well. 

I believe this is part of a project to replace sheet aluminum signs statewide on the interstates.  I saw some new signs on I-95 last week, but the new reassurance shields on I-91 today gave me a surprise!
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4732 on: January 13, 2022, 07:52:44 PM »

New sheet aluminum signs going up on I-91.  Currently, from (at least) Exit 22 to Exit 44 is done (except for median signs and in the Hartford/Exit 29 work zone).  The new signs include speed limits, exit gores, "Slower Traffic Keep Right", and new reassurance shields mounted on a single post (and they're neutered).  The enhanced mile markers were also replaced with a larger font and there are new overhead bridge IDs as well. 

I believe this is part of a project to replace sheet aluminum signs statewide on the interstates.  I saw some new signs on I-95 last week, but the new reassurance shields on I-91 today gave me a surprise!

Seems theyíre doing northbound first.  Between now and April, Iíll be traveling 91 between 84 and Exit 37 quite a bit.  Did so yesterday and that MP 44 snafu I mentioned upthread has been corrected.  However, the mile markers are off by at least 0.2 from the old ones.  MP 44.6 is now south of the CT 305 overpass but was north of it with the old markers.  Seems the old CTDOT highway log had the 305 overpass at 44.5, but the latest one (12/31/20) has it at MP 44.67.
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Re: Connecticut News
« Reply #4733 on: January 14, 2022, 04:44:43 PM »

Drove I-91 south all the way to New Haven today on my way back from VT.  The new sheet aluminum signs seem to begin northbound in Meriden.  And they're up to past Exit 45 now.  Lots of median signs still to be replaced however (speed limits, truck left lane prohibition etc).  The double-sided extra thick 91 numeral reassurance shield at Exit 40 SB is still there.  No work SB yet... forgot how many reassurance shields in Wallingford and North Haven are in bad shape.... even saw one with the direction banner under the shield!

Also...

Was this really necessary? 
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4032424,-72.8377521,3a,60y,221.36h,93.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sATRPb05RRtPLP09iupHCrw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
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